Friday night in Battle Creek saw two high school basketball games decided by one possession. Ultimately, Pennfield came out on the winning side in both over Harper Creek, winning 60-57 in boys play and 65-63 in girls play.
The boys contest was back-and-forth in the first quarter, with a 14-12 edge for Harper Creek. Pennfield quickly got ahead and had the biggest lead of the contest in the second, at eight points. But the Beavers cut the deficit back to two by halftime, trailing the Panthers 32-30.
The game stayed tight the rest of the way with a fourth quarter surge from Ron Jamierson proving the difference for the Panthers. Jamierson drove for the bucket, and one, to reclaim the lead for good with 1:43 left. He’d add the next four points on a field goal and two free throws to extend the lead to six in the final minute. Harper Creek was able to get back within two and drew a foul with five seconds left. Jeremiah Davis missed the first free throw, then intentionally missed the second in hopes of a put-back. JaCory McNutt got the rebound, but couldn’t get a good look, allowing the Panthers to ultimately hold on.
Jamierson led all scorers with 18 points with teammate Devaire Todd getting 17. McNutt led the Beavers with 15, Jon Taylor was next in line at 13. The Pennfield boys move to 3-2 with the win, dropping the Beavers to 3-3.
In the girls contest, Pennfield never trailed and led for nearly the entire game. They built a 40-25 lead by halftime, but Harper Creek fought back, finally tying the game for the first time since the start with nine seconds remaining. Pennfield’s Alicia Lake was able to get the lead back with 1.4 seconds remaining. Harper Creek’s Jacey Bowers got a three-pointer off at the buzzer, but couldn’t connect.
Lake led all scorers with 25 points. Naomi Davis and Claire LeRoux both had 14 for the Panthers. Bowers topped the Beavers with 22, another 21 came from Faith Hayes and 14 came from Maddie Alexander. The Pennfield girls avenge three losses to Harper Creek from last year, putting them at 5-1 while dropping Harper Creek to 4-2.
Both the Pennfield boys and girls return to action with Coldwater on Tuesday; the girls stay at home with the boys on the road. The same can be said for Harper Creek, except with Jackson Lumen Christi as the opponent.
Listen back to both contests below: